Give poinsettias a healthy home for the holidays and beyond

OVERTON – The bright, crimson red holiday ornamental plant staple – the poinsettia – has a few needs to help it thrive throughout the holidays, according to Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton.  “Poinsettia care for the holidays is pretty straightforward,” he said. “When people pick them up, they’re ready for […]

East Texas Master Naturalist application deadline Jan. 22

OVERTON – The deadline to participate in 2018 East Texas Texas Master Naturalist classes is rapidly approaching – Jan. 22. Classes begin Jan. 30 and conclude April 17. Classes run from 6-9 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays at the Tyler Nature Center, 11942 Farm-to-Market Road 848 in Tyler. There will also be one Saturday class and […]

Chapkin appointed to Allen Chair in nutrition at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Robert S. Chapkin has been appointed to the William W. Allen Chair in Nutrition at Texas A&M University in College Station. Chapkin is also a Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and University Faculty Fellow in the Program in Integrative Nutrition and Complex Diseases, as well as a Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty […]

State climatologist: Dry conditions could worsen for much of Texas

COLLEGE STATION – October and November were two of the driest Octobers and Novembers on record, and much of the state appears to be facing a continued dry spell through winter, according to the state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station, said conditions were excessively dry throughout the typically wet fall months, and dry conditions […]

Planned breeding schedules pay dividends for beef producers

OVERTON – Financial opportunities can be found in designing strong breeding and forage/pasture plans for beef cattle herds, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.  In a business where every pound counts and every expense should be optimized, Dr. Monte Rouquette, AgriLife Research forage physiologist, Overton, said producers should consider planned breeding windows for […]

Small ruminant management workshop Jan. 6 in Bryan

BRYAN – A small ruminant management workshop is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Brazos County Expo Center, 5207 Leonard Road in Bryan. According to organizers, the workshop will include various presentations by industry specialists. Preregistration is $70 until Dec. 15 and $80 for late registration. The workshop includes a […]

Texas researcher receives Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Award

WESLACO — Scientists are closing in fast on a problem threatening to destroy the world’s orange juice and potato supplies as well as many other foods with a possible solution coming from the root of the issue — hairy roots, to be exact. “The biggest challenge has been that the pathogens that cause citrus greening […]

U.S. agricultural trade fueled by demand, steady yields

BRYAN – U.S. agricultural exports value totaled $135 billion in 2016 and experts anticipate future growth if production yields, trade agreements and borrowing power work in lockstep. “Trade is very, very important,”  Dr. Luis Ribera, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in College Station, told attendees at the Texas Plant Protection Association Conference Dec. 5 […]

From the Ground Up workshop to focus on agriculture, healthy living

WACO – From the Ground Up: Connecting Agriculture and Health will be held in conjunction with the Blackland Income Growth Conference Jan. 11 at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with doors opening at 8:30 a.m. Pre- registration is required, which is […]

Consumers be aware of unsuspecting insects in Christmas trees

COLLEGE STATION – This holiday season, consumers should be aware of unwanted critters that may find their way into homes clinging to a freshly cut Christmas tree,  said a Texas A&M University entomologist. Dr. David Ragsdale, head of the university’s entomology department in College Station, said it’s not uncommon for insects to sometimes make their […]